Improvisation Techniques

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Daniel Ellis 10TYL

Miss Le Marquand Drama

Improvisation Coursework

Peer Pressure and Bullying

Section one:

In this section I will explain the different techniques of drama I learnt in the last half term in my own words. None of these particular techniques are naturalistic which adds to the performance. All these techniques are used to show the audience how a character is really feeling without letting the other characters in the scene know.

> Soliloquy- This is where you, the actor/actress, are thinking aloud. A soliloquy is a speech for the benefit of the audience only and by convention is not heard by any other actor on stage at the time. Also the character you are playing has no awareness of the audience in any way. When using this technique you need to make sure you take on the role of the character seriously so the mood and tone of the character is acted out well, For example: "Why me?, Why is it always me that turns out the 'Billy no mates'?"

This example can show a sad tone and mood with the character playing a loner talking to him/her-self.

> Direct Address- This is where you, the actor/actress, speaks to the audience expressing their feelings, perhaps using rhetorical questioning. This technique does involve speaking to the audience and interacting with them. Rhetorical questioning means to ask the audience a question but you do not expect an answer in reply. Most drama techniques do not expect an answer in return. In the scenes we produced rhetorical questioning was not used as much as we anticipated. We actually did not use direct address much at all.

> Thought Tracking- This is an effective drama technique which involves you, the actor/actress, to speak the thoughts of another character. When using this technique you have to consider a lot of things like the following:
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? The character you are thought tracking.

? The audience being able to understand the thought tracker and the feelings he/she is expressing.

? Whether you the character is acting out the same moves as the character you are thought tracking

Thought tracking is quite a basic technique though because if you were performing an improvised scene of a bully all you have to do is think of what is going through a bully's mind and just say them out loud. Obviously you have to grasp and use the feelings of the character that ...

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